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Most stupidest thing u had to explain to someone
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A customer at my work needed help to calculate 4*6.....4*6!!? He even congratulated me when I told him the answer......
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Fail is a verb. Failure is a noun. I hate explaining that.
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I had to explain to my friend what each rage face meant and why/where they would be used.
How the hell would you explain something like that?

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To my sister that a shark (like a great white) could not survive in the lake around us. In winter the ice freezes here, so yeah... a salt water fish would not be able to live :s

edit: and now that I think about it... I've had to explain a lot to her. She's older than me and in university. A few months ago there was a reference to Adam and Eve in a movie, and I pointed it out, and she's was like 'who are they?'. Needless to say, I facepalmed. Our family isn't particularly religious... but we've been to church and stuff and I thought that Adam and Eve was something most people at least heard of lol.


and here's YOUR explanation:
while you are probably correct that saltwater sharks couldn't survive in a freshwater lake.. your reasons are totally wrong.

for example: backyard fishponds in canada. ours freezes several inches deep over the winter. the fish simply swim deeper.
(also; ice doesn't freeze. it's already frozen, from water.)

salt and fresh water creatures are adapted to the type of water they live in.. it would be like us switching from a 78% nitrogen/ 21% oxygen atmosphere to a 78% helium/ 21% oxygen atmosphere. we'd -probably- survive as a species.. a lot of people would get very sick, possibly die.. not to mention the fun side effect of a planet full of chipmunk voices.
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i can only laugh, these moments happen to often. i taught a 19 year old how to open a bank account yesterday.

i am not a sexist, but these dumb moments only happen with girls. with guys, they got an excuse and its that they are to young to understand it.

o to add, i argued with my professor that dumb is spelled with a b. and i lost.... fml
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youwannaroll wrote:


inappropriatee wrote:

To my sister that a shark (like a great white) could not survive in the lake around us. In winter the ice freezes here, so yeah... a salt water fish would not be able to live :s

edit: and now that I think about it... I've had to explain a lot to her. She's older than me and in university. A few months ago there was a reference to Adam and Eve in a movie, and I pointed it out, and she's was like 'who are they?'. Needless to say, I facepalmed. Our family isn't particularly religious... but we've been to church and stuff and I thought that Adam and Eve was something most people at least heard of lol.


and here's YOUR explanation:
while you are probably correct that saltwater sharks couldn't survive in a freshwater lake.. your reasons are totally wrong.

for example: backyard fishponds in canada. ours freezes several inches deep over the winter. the fish simply swim deeper.
(also; ice doesn't freeze. it's already frozen, from water.)

salt and fresh water creatures are adapted to the type of water they live in.. it would be like us switching from a 78% nitrogen/ 21% oxygen atmosphere to a 78% helium/ 21% oxygen atmosphere. we'd -probably- survive as a species.. a lot of people would get very sick, possibly die.. not to mention the fun side effect of a planet full of chipmunk voices.


no, almost all organism would die out if we had such a high amount of helium. our atmosphere would be small as well. though it would be similar to the prehistoric age of the dinosaurs.
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wolfsaiga wrote:no, almost all organism would die out if we had such a high amount of helium. our atmosphere would be small as well. though it would be similar to the prehistoric age of the dinosaurs.


eh, could be. i'm really not a scientist. i just know that they use helium to cut the air when you go deep diving, so i figured it would be mostly safe. anyways, regardless, it would not be good for us. (whether simply bad, or extremely bad.)
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youwannaroll wrote:


inappropriatee wrote:

To my sister that a shark (like a great white) could not survive in the lake around us. In winter the ice freezes here, so yeah... a salt water fish would not be able to live :s

and here's YOUR explanation:
while you are probably correct that saltwater sharks couldn't survive in a freshwater lake.. your reasons are totally wrong.

for example: backyard fishponds in canada. ours freezes several inches deep over the winter. the fish simply swim deeper.
(also; ice doesn't freeze. it's already frozen, from water.)

salt and fresh water creatures are adapted to the type of water they live in.. it would be like us switching from a 78% nitrogen/ 21% oxygen atmosphere to a 78% helium/ 21% oxygen atmosphere. we'd -probably- survive as a species.. a lot of people would get very sick, possibly die.. not to mention the fun side effect of a planet full of chipmunk voices.


Cool =)

Derp. I said ice instead of water. Thanks for the explanation.
Posted 2/5/12
Just, um, for the record -- in terms of respiration, humans (and mammals in general) can exist for an indefinite amount of time with a helium-oxygen mix (with helium replacing most of the nitrogen). I don't know the very upper limits of animal testing in this type of atmosphere, but weeks of continuous use and years of regular, repeated long-term use have been survived, and even have applications in the medical field (in addition to the already mentioned deep-sea diving applications).

The risk to living beings (at least mammals, I don't know much about helium and other animals and life-forms) would be the change in atmospheric density -- our practical daily life understanding of physics would be dramatically different. Not the laws of physics, but how we are accustomed to things behaving in our atmosphere.

For example, in a helium-dominant atmosphere, the speed of sound would be about 2-3x what it is in earth normal atmosphere. Retention and conductivity of heat would also change, leading to uncertain but probably dramatic alterations in world weather patterns.

I would concur that there would be an enormous number of deaths, but it would probably be from the byproducts of not being able to adequately adjust to the results of such a pressure change, rather than problems with pure respiration.

But the voice thing would be cool!
Posted 2/6/12
What North East South and West is. No, north is not always the way you are facing.
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haikinka wrote:

What North East South and West is. No, north is not always the way you are facing.


Now I wanna tell someone who asks me how do I know the difference. "Well North is your face, West is your left hand, East is your right, and South is your behind." And I'm going to do it with a straight face.
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One of my coworkers asked if this shoe (was taupe(which is a tan color) colored), was black. I couldn't explain it to her, because i was laughing too much.
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Explaining to a friend that a 6 foot tall person is not the same height as 6 times their actual foot length.

Only one I can think of at the moment.
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This thread is giving me so much material I feel like inviting a bunch of kids over and imparting my new wisdom.
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So, "Stupidest" is a superlative. It means that the thing is the "most stupid." "Most stupidest" is redundant. That is up there.

Someone once asked me why women just didn't breastfeed their children longer if there was starvation in the world. I had to explain that breasts, while wonderful, could not violate the laws of physics and create milk from nothing. If the mother is starving, there is no milk.

Someone asked me "Why don't all the big companies in the world just get together and build giant air conditioners to fight global warming?" I answered, "Because that would violate the law of conservation of energy." She replied, "Really? I didn't know that some countries had laws like that." This was in a 300 level college course.
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